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Lions 7 vs Bulls 31

Lions humbled at home

Bulls get the points to move into semi-final spot 

The Bulls were just too good for the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday, beating them 31-7 and getting the vital bonus point they needed to move back into the semi-final places.

Andre Pretorius started the match for the Lions, and immediately the Bulls infringed, obstructing the Lions player putting pressure on the receiver, and Pretorius opted for the kick. Unfortunately he hit the left upright, and the early chance went begging.

7 minutes into the 1st half the Lions got another penalty, this time from where the Lions drove up a line-out ball and the Bulls collapsed the maul. Again Pretorius missed the penalty from just outside the Bulls 10 meter line.

2 minutes later the Lions had another chance when they turned over a Bulls ball on the Bulls 22 meter line, Januarie broke to the right and kicked the ball into open space, but the Bulls managed to get to the loose ball first and stop the chance.    

Then disaster for the Lions, from their own line-out on the Bulls 10 meter line from a penalty, the ball went over the jumpers, the Bulls gathered the ball, and it went down the line to the left. There were defenders, but in the end Wynand Olivier managed to dot down in the left corner. Hougaard missed the conversion from the touchline

19 minutes into the 1st half a great answer from the Lions, from a line-out just outside the Bulls try-line, Cobus Grobler took cleanly and the forwards managed to drive it over, with Ernst Joubert scoring the try. Pretorius got the conversion to put the Lions in the lead 7-5.

5 minutes later the Bulls hit back again, from a penalty line-out on the right and close to the Lions line, they moved the ball left down the backline, and a ruck was formed close to the Lions line on the left side of the field. The Bulls hit blind from the ruck, and the Lions didn't have enough defenders to stop Akona Ndungane from scoring. Hougaard missed the conversion again, and the score 10-7 for the Bulls.

4 minutes before halftime there was a bit of a dust up, and Enrico Januarie was sin-binned. There was no further score and the halftime score thus 10-7 for the Bulls.

The 2nd half started badly for the Lions, with Andre Pretorius knocking the kick off just outside his try-line. From the scrum the Bulls got the ball to Wynand Olivier, who ran straight through and dotted down under the poles. Hougaard added the two points to put the Bulls in a 17-7 lead.

13 minutes into the 2nd half the Bulls turned over a Lions ball on the halfway line, the ball came quickly to the left and Habana got it at full speed running for the left corner, where he managed to score in the corner. Hougaards kick was good, and the Bulls now in a commanding 24-7 lead.

For the next 10 minutes the Lions camped in the Bulls 22, but they just couldn't penetrate the defence.

The Bulls eventually got back into the Lions 22 meter area, and JP Nel managed to score a bit of a soft try. Hougaard converted to make it 31-7 for the Bulls.

And that was that, a good win for the Bulls.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Ernst Joubert
Cons: Andre Pretorius       

For the Bulls:
Wynand Olivier(2), Akona Ndungane, Bryan Habana, JP Nel        
Cons: Derick Hougaard(3)  

Yellow card: Enrico Januarie(36)
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jaco Pretorius, 11 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 10 Andre Pretorius(c), 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Geo Cronje, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Cobus Grobbelaar.

Bulls: 15. Johan Roets, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JP Nel, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Derick Hougaard, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Wikus van Heerden, 6. Pedrie Wannenburg, 5. Victor Matfield(c), 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Rayno Gerber, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16. Jaco Engels, 17. Danie Thiart, 18. Francois van Schouwenburg, 19. Derick Kuun, 20. Heini Adams, 21. Morne Steyn, 22. Jaco van der Westhuyzen.  

Referee: JC Fortuin (SA) 
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein (SA) and Phillip Bosch (SA)
TV Match Official:
Johann Meuwesen (SA)

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